A guide to this years Christmas card

A guide to this years Christmas card:

1. My first short story: “The Personal Diary of Mrs. Martha Hudson, Housekeeper to the Famed Detective Sherlock Holmes” published in The Norwegian Explorers 2016 Christmas Annual, No. 15: The Miss Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
2. Back to flying – first time in over a year
3. Visiting the Art Institute of Chicago to see “Van Gogh’s Bedrooms” exhibit
4. I’m a trading card!
5. Passed my PhD Comprehensive Exams and received the Department’s challenge coin
6. I’m in a comic book “Watson and Holmes: Volume 2”
7. Passed my PhD Comprehensive Exams and received the Department’s challenge coin
8. Final Project for my MEd “Harvey the Husky: an Adventure Learning Game”
9. Final Project for my MEd “Harvey the Husky: an Adventure Learning Game”
10. Received my Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Learning Technologies

Supermoon!

The Supermoon was not looking very super when I saw it around 830pm (see photo) and then later around midnight. Bright, very bright, but just an average size. Not that there is anything wrong with an average moon, but sometimes I think it would be much nicer to have a few moons in orbit. #supermoon2016

Happy International Archaeology Day!

In my previous life I was as an archaeologist. I went to school to study archaeology, visited archaeological sites, did laboratory work (cleaning and processing artifacts), went on digs as a student, volunteer, intern, and even for a short time a paid archaeologist. I even have my own trowel (no its not sonic)! In honor of International Archaeology Day here are a few photos from my archaeologist phase of life:

The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes

Take a Selfie with Sherlock! Just one item at a new exhibit that I was able to visit this past Wednesday August 17 at the University of Minnesota’s Anderson Library “The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes,” which tells visitors that “Not everyone is perfect, including the world’s most famous consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes. This exhibition highlights some of Mr. Holmes’ mishaps, described by Dr. Watson and others, through art, artifacts, parodies, pastiches, and other “unofficial” adventures from the Sherlock Holmes Collections” (http://www.continuum.umn.edu/2016/01/the-misadventures-of-sherlock-holmes/).

Carl J. and Dorothy L. Aho Photograph Collection, ca. 1940s

My dad donated a bunch of old photographs in his and my uncle’s name to the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections at the University of Alaska Fairbanks- Rasmuson Library back in the 1990s. The photographs are: “The Carl J. and Dorothy L Aho Photograph Collection consists of seventy-one black and white photographs. Images include aerial views, landing fields, landscapes, aircraft, military personnel, buildings, insignia and dog teams. The images were taken in Barrow and other Alaskan locations, as well as in California, and all relate to the activities of the Naval Air Transport Service.” No idea where the photos came from, family lore has it that they were given to them probably from someone in Barrow, but they were both pack rats and saved way too much junk.

The collection was to be called the Terrence and John Aho Photograph Collection, but somehow it ended up being named after my grandparents Carl J. and Dorothy L Aho. You can see the collection here: http://vilda.alaska.edu/cdm/index just type in “aho” into the search field.

Here are the various library records:

Chippendales!

Watching the Chippendale dance tonight with the ladies tonight! Not as sleazy as I thought it was going to be, but the “B” team must have been performing in Minnesota as their choreography seemed a bit lacking.

chippendales

The toe

Now that life has settled down a bit and I actually have some free time, I finally got around to seeing the podiatrist again. I am at the 9 month mark since I had toe surgery and it still hurts to walk and my foot still swells up everyday. Good news is that the titanium joint in my toe is working out well, but in regards to the pain it looks like its going to be at least a year and then hopefully the pain will go away, but there are no guarantees. So its back to physical therapy for a few weeks to see if that helps.

Doctor Madeline Messick

My friend Madeline, whom I met the first day of my PhD program (along with J and Issam), successfully defended her dissertation “Natural Disasters In Latin America: The Role of Disaster Type and Productive Sector On The Urban-Rural Income Gap and Rural To Urban Migration” today!

I purchased a Congratulations PhD Graduation card for her 6 years ago. It gets mailed tonight! Well, maybe tomorrow.

Congratulations Doctor Madeline Messick, PhD!!!


(photo courtesy of M. Messick 2016)

Wow, Madeline’s hair has really changed over the past 6 years.

 


Candy and PhD Graduation card!

I Passed!!! PhD Comprehensive Oral Exam

Today was my 90 Minutes PhD Comprehensive Oral Exam.

April 28th, 2016
8:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m

It was a crazy day! I got less than 3 hours of sleep (not a good sleeper I was trying for 6 hours, but could not fall asleep), so I was not moving too quickly this morning. The weather was pouring rain, the streets were flooding, there were Flood Warnings like crazy, thunder, lightening, etc. I arrived on campus and was soaked by the time I got inside. There were three professors at the exam and me. I have been joking for years that I would do an interpretive dance routine for my Oral Exam (there was a funny video a few years ago about someone doing an interpretive dance routine for their PhD and it was hysterical) and no, I did not dance (I cannot dance), but I did make a joke about it and one also about the Magna Carta. We started with my major – Political Development and then moved on to my minor – Security Studies. The exam was crazy hard and I could not remember anything. No names or dates or things that I had been studying for the past year. My mind went blank and stayed that way. The whole thing was much harder and much more stressful then I thought it would be. After over an hour we finished and I left the room and they talked. I figured I had failed. I only had to wait about 10 minutes or so, which is a really short time. Too short and that’s never good. I went in and the IDV Challenge Coin (the sign that you have passed) was waiting for me. At first I thought it was a joke, but no, it turns out that I passed!!! I Passed!!!

Afterwards braving the rain I stopped for a celebratory meal at the Waffle House! I have not been there for years, so it was time for another visit.

Then tonight IDV Department hosted a dinner tonight at the Harbor View Cafe Restaurant. It was fun to see and talk with friends and meet some of the new students.

Later the names I totally forgot to mention keep coming back to me…haunting me…taunting me…Inglehart and Wlezel…Modernization…101 things about globalization…Joe Schumpeter…Acemoglu, Johnson, and Robinson. Its like PTSD for Comps.

Comprehensive Exams now passed. I am now ABD!!! All But Dissertation!!!